Princess Diana's funeral, the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the 2010 earthquake in Japan and football star OJ Simpson's famous car chase by police also scored in the top 10.Ubiquitous memories "What's interesting for me is not what's on the list, but what's not on the list," said Brian Siegel, vice president of television for Sony Electronics. "There wasn't entertainment - no Super Bowl, no Friends finale. It was all news and events... Memories that are ubiquitous among all of us."
Sony commissioned the study to assess emotions that audiences attach to TV with an eye toward boosting its program development and marketing. Following is a list of the top 20 most memorable and striking TV moments of the past 50 years, according to the study. 1. September 11 attacks - 2001 2. Hurricane Katrina levees break - 2005 3. OJ Simpson murder verdict - 1995 4. Challenger space shuttle disaster - 1986 5. Death of Osama bin Laden - 2011 6. OJ Simpson high-speed car chase - 1994 7. Earthquake/tsunami in Japan - 2011 8. Columbine school shooting - 1999
9. BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - 2010 10. Funeral of Princess Diana - 1997 11. Death of Whitney Houston - 2012 12. Capture and execution of Saddam Hussein - 2006 13. Barack Obama acceptance speech - 2008 14. Prince William, Kate Middleton wedding - 2011 15. Assassination of John F Kennedy - 1963 16. Oklahoma City bombing - 1995 17. Bush/Gore election results - 2000 18. Los Angeles riots/Rodney King beating - 1992 19. Casey Anthony murder trial verdict - 2011 20. Funeral of John F Kennedy - 1963
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